Q&A: Noah, the Flood, and the Ark
- Monday, August 23, 2010
It's also likely that Noah took only juveniles aboard the Ark to repopulate the earth. Younger animals require less space, food, and waste.
Using the conservative short cubit of 18 inches, Woodmorappe's conclusion is that "less than half of the cumulative area of the Ark's three decks need to have been occupied by the animals and their enclosures."4 This meant there was plenty of room for fresh food, water, and even many other people.
Where Did All the Water Come From?
"The same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights." (Genesis 7:11-12)
The Bible tells us that water came from two sources: below the earth and above the earth. Evidently, the source for water below the ground was subterranean, or "fountains" of water, which were broken open by volcanic and seismic activity.5
Where Did All the Water Go?
Simply put, the water from the Flood is in the oceans and seas now. Three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered with water.
Even secular geologists observe that the continents appear to have been at one time together and not separated by the vast oceans of today. The Flood was certainly sufficient to change all of this.
Scripture indicates that God formed the ocean basins, raising the land out of the water, so that the floodwaters returned to a safe place. (Psalm 104:6-9 likely refers to this event.) Some creation scientists believe this breakup of the continent was part of the mechanism that ultimately caused the Flood.6
Some have speculated, because of Genesis 10:25, that the continental break occurred during the time of Peleg. However, this division is mentioned in the context of the Tower of Babel's language division of the whole earth (Genesis 10-11). So the context points to a dividing of languages and people groups, not of the land breaking apart.
A massive movement of continents during the time of Peleg would have caused another worldwide flood. The Bible indicates that the mountains of Ararat existed (Genesis 8:4); so the Indian-Australian Plate and Eurasian Plate had to have already collided, indicating that the continents had already shifted prior to Peleg.
How Is Christ Like the Ark?
"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." (Matthew 18:11)
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Just as Noah and his family were saved by the Ark, rescued by God from the floodwaters, so anyone who believes in Jesus as Lord and Savior will be spared from the coming final judgment of mankind, rescued by God from the fire that will destroy the earth after the last days (2 Peter 3:7).
Noah and his family had to go through a doorway into the Ark to be saved, and the Lord shut the door behind them (Genesis 7:16). So we too have to go through a "doorway" to be saved so we won't be eternally separated from God. The Son of God, Jesus, stepped into history to pay the penalty for our sin of rebellion. Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).
*This article published August 25, 2010
Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. A native Australian who now resides near Cincinnati, Ohio, he is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. He is the author of numerous books on Genesis, the accuracy and authority of the Bible, dinosaurs, and the destructive fruits of evolutionary thinking. Visit www.AnswersInGenesis.org for more information.
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